What is Step It Up?

Step It Up is a research study funded by the Organization for Autism Research that focuses on using a self-managed exercise program to help adults with autism spectrum disorder and accompanying intellectual disability increase healthy exercise habits. The study compared daily step counts, health measures, and perceived quality of life for adults with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability who wore a Fitbit® to those who wore a Fitbit® and also engaged in the self-managed exercise program with the support of a coach. Participants were randomly selected to be in one of two groups: The Fitbit® Group or the Fitbit®+ Step It Up Group.  Learn more...

Who was in the study?

Forty adults who were 18+ and had autism spectrum disorder and an intellectual disability. 

Resources used in the Step It Up Program

Fitbit guides: Task Analyses

Intervention Resources: Goal setting template with self-monitoring checklist, help guide task analyses, and more!


Recruitment for the Step It Up study is now closed. We will publish results from our study soon!